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Simple Tips for a Thoughtful Valentine's Day

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Since the Middle Ages, February 14th has been a day on which messages and symbols of love and affection were exchanged. However, my modern-day version of Valentine’s Day is not just about love, but being thoughtful and letting people know you care.

Even if you aren't in love, I'm sure you have many friendships you cherish — so show them that you care on the 14th. It doesn't take much effort; maybe it's a phone call, baking a batch of brownies, or simply writing on a red piece of craft paper, "I cherish our friendship, thanks for always being there, enjoy your day..." Whatever you feel, just say it.

These are some of my favorite ways to show people I care on Valentine's Day:

1. Give Flowers

Credit: Stephen Danelian

They don’t have to be roses, or even red, as long as they’re beautiful. Think bright, happy colors; nothing is wrong with giving someone bright orange or yellow tulips on Valentine's Day.

2. Decorate the Table

For an inexpensive alternative to using a tablecloth, use pieces of red construction paper as placemats when setting the table. Then, with white chalk, draw big hearts and sayings of love or a special friendship quote on each placemat to personalize it. I also like to use white dinner plates and decorate the rim with raspberry purée. If you can't find raspberry purée in stores, make it yourself, with a bag of frozen raspberries and a bit of sugar. Simply bring the mixture to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until the fruit is broken down and the sauce is thick, then strain out the seeds and solids.

3. Serve Bubbly Drinks

Credit: Stephen Danelian

I like to dress up ordinary drinks for Valentine’s Day. Rosé sparkling wine, like Cristalino or Domaine Carneros, is so easy to serve, yet is special. For something a bit more unusual, try updating the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail, served in a martini glass, by adding Pop Rocks for some fizz.

4. Prepare a Special Meal

Credit: Lulu Powers

When making dinner on Valentine's Day, I like to keep it simple while adding an element of fun. Start with Baked Brie Crostinis, topped with my "homemade" Cranberry Jam. For dinner, serve a large bowl of tomato soup garnished with a heart of sour cream (for heartier appetites, add a big salad with roasted vegetables, toasted nuts, and creamy blue cheese alongside). For dessert, I like to make little Peppermint Milkshakes, garnished with pink cotton candy, and serve them along with bite-sized pieces of my addictive Caramel Fudge Brownies.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


10 Ideas for Thoughtful Valentine's Day Traditions from Top Tastemakers

From family date nights to romantic yet untraditional dinners, we're loving these creative ways to honor the people we hold dearest.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a great reminder to show the people who mean the most to you a little extra love. While an extravagant, romantic getaway is always a favorite way to celebrate the day of love, we asked tastemakers their favorite ways to commemorate the occasion and were moved by their heartfelt traditions. From finding a thoughtful gift they'll cherish forever to setting a beautiful and festive table for a meal of favorite dishes to share with the girls, the family, or your partner for life, these earnest Valentine's Day traditions are sure to inspire a heartfelt holiday in your own home this year.

"We have a tradition on Valentine's night where we ditch the idea of a romantic dinner for two and host a cozy dinner for two other couples and their kids &mdashvery close family friends. Before dinner, everyone chooses a card from a hat with someone else's name written on it. On the back of the card are the words: 'I love you because. ' and everyone writes something down about the person they've chosen. Then we read the cards out loud before dinner and raise a toast to our friendship." &mdashKeith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Reed Smythe

Turn Meacham's tradition into one of your own with these adorable new placecards from Reed Smythe.

"For me, Valentine's is always about my gals. Every year, I host a gaggle of ladies for a beautiful evening on or before the 14th with fun cocktails, delicious bites, and big flower arrangements. Because we are not able to gather this year, I will send little care packages to my dearest: candles, candies, and pretty linens to make them smile." &mdashStephanie Nass, chef and founder of Chefanie and Victory Club

Nass's lifestyle brand features an array of festive tableware for every occasion. We're especially smitten with these colorful candles to help set the mood for your intimate celebration or for curating the ultimate Valentine's care package.

"I am not a red rose kind of girl, though I do love flowers&mdashhint hint! And I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner on Valentine's night. Instead, I love to start with a cold martini and make a simple dinner. This year I am thinking cracked crab, some warm bread, and a yummy Caesar salad&mdashand lots of sancerre wine." &mdashMonelle Totah, co-founder and owner of Hudson Grace

Keep the wine flowing all night long in style with this gorgeous vintage Champagne bucket that is sure to bring elegance to any table of favorite dishes.

"As far as Valentine&rsquos Day traditions go, I believe in making something by hand to gift, even if it&rsquos in addition to something purchased. It just doesn&rsquot feel like Valentine's if you aren&rsquot busting out the hot-glue gun and foam hearts to create a sentimental craft that&rsquos also a little cheesy. Something about it takes me back to grade school and that puppy-love feeling. And at the end of day, isn&rsquot that all we want from this holiday?" &mdashMegan Pinckney, founder of Shades of Pinck

This adorable kit makes 20 Valentine's Day cards to share with the people you love most, near and far.

"For the better part of 30 years, my husband and I take a delayed start to the morning on Valentine&rsquos Day. We sometimes make breakfast together, either our favorite almond pancakes or our favorite very elaborate 15-ingredient smoothie. But most of all, we share our handwritten cards first thing in the morning to start the day feeling grateful and connected. Valentine&rsquos Day is a beautiful opportunity to give a long-lasting, heartfelt gift for the home to a partner or loved one. Bring home into your love story through endearing objects&mdashart or accessories&mdashthat hold meaning well past the chocolate expiration date." &mdashLisa Queen of Lisa Queen Design and The Queen's Trunk

Queen says her Valentine's collection of festive gifts includes original artwork by Gary John that her husband gifted her a few years ago.


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